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Life in a Job

Life in a Job

One day towards the end of lunch, a large, noisy party arrived in the dining room. Thankfully, they occupied two tables which were not mine. However, I was pressed into service when their designated waitress came to tell me that they wished to be looked after by a Gaeilge speaker. Their leader was a rough looking, large Dubliner who had clearly had a few aperitifs and was nursing a pint of the black stuff. As they finished lunch and expressed appreciation for my attentiveness, the big fella said to me,

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EIS -TWENTY YEARS LATER

EIS -TWENTY YEARS LATER

Moray Place , Headquarters of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) and its West Lothian Local Association disowned me when I went on strike in solidarity with other Irish trade unionists on February 1st , 1972, following the murder two days earlier by British State forces of thirteen Derry civilians ; two of the dead were past pupils of the secondary school where I had worked the previous year.. Nor did I endear myself to the leadership in the 80s, when I successfully defeated the Executive with a motion on class contact time in my first appearance at an AGM . I don’t recall the year but Peter Andrews was President .

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Who killed Lyra McKee

Who killed Lyra McKee

Derry provides the perfect microcosm for the shortcomings of the Northern Ireland Government; for the first forty years of its existence in the new state, a Nationalist majority, through political gerrymander, was governed by a Unionist minority. Its hinterland was County Donegal and, in the original concept for temporary partition in 1914, it along with Fermanagh and Tyrone would have been part of the new Irish Free State. Tory support for the UVF and Unionism ensured that the Walled City and its links to Orange Iconography remained within the Loyalist fold

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Annie’s Song – Eva Comrie

ANNIE’S SONG – for the women of Scotland It wouldn’t have mattered much had Annie Davidson McEwen been one of Dundee’s property owners in February 1918 because her vote would never have been used, she having died in the flu epidemic later that year. Her neighbours did

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Stealing Dreams by Eva Comrie

I was a 7 year old revolutionary when I learned my first few French phrases; ca va? je m’appelle; j’habite; je suis. Instantly hooked by the fantooshness, there commenced a lifelong fascination of the foreign and exotic. In P5 at Crieff Primary School I’d a wee notebook

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PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK

PUT THE GENERALS IN THE DOCK The buck stops at the top; that is the accepted chain of responsibility and accountability in organisations, institutions and in life. Slobodan Milosevic,  David Duckenfield,  Ratko Mladic : what links these names is that all were indicted for unlawful killings which

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